Beef meaning

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The definition of beef is the flesh of a cow, bull or steer.

Hamburgers and steaks are each an example of beef.

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Human muscle; brawn.
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Such animals collectively.
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A complaint or grievance.
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To complain or protest.
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(uncountable) The meat from a cow, bull or other bovines.
  • (in the meat industry, on product packaging) The edible portions of a cow (including those which are not meat).
    Lean finely textured beef.
    Boneless lean beef trimmings.

I love eating beef.

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(uncountable) Bovine animals.
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(archaic, countable, plural: beef or beeves) A single bovine (cow or bull) being raised for its meat.

Do you want to raise beeves?

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(slang, countable or uncountable, plural: beefs) A grudge (+ with)

He has a beef with anyone who tells him otherwise.

He has beef with anyone who tells him otherwise.

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(slang, uncountable) Muscle, size, strength.

Put some beef into it! We've got to get the car over the bump.

We've got to get some beef into the enforcement provisions of that law.

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(slang, uncountable) Essence, content.

The beef of his paper was a long rant about government.

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(intransitive) To complain.
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To add weight or strength to, usually as beef up.

Since you stopped running, you are really beefing out.

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(intransitive, slang) To fart.

Ugh, who just beefed in here?

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(intransitive, slang) To feud.

Those two are beefing right now - best you stay out of it for now.

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(intransitive, chiefly Yorkshire) To cry.

David was beefing last night after Ruth told him off.

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Being a bovine animal that is being raised for its meat.

We bought three beef calves this morning.

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Producing or known for raising lots of beef.

Beef farms.

Beef country.

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Consisting of or containing beef as an ingredient.

Beef stew.

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A complaint.
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To complain.
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A full-grown ox, cow, bull, or steer, esp. one bred and fattened for meat.
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Meat from such an animal; specif., a whole dressed carcass.
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beef up
  • To strengthen by addition, reinforcement, etc.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of beef

  • Middle English from Old French buef from Latin bōs bov- gwou- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French buef, boef (“ox”) (modern French: bœuf); from Latin bōs (“ox”). Cognate to bovine.
    From Wiktionary